Stanton | Magra

There's something about a well run bed and breakfast that feels luxurious. They are so comfortable and can instantly make you feel relaxed. I'm spilling the beans on a place I stayed at that made me feel removed from all my worries, and spoilt me completely rotten. That place is Stanton Bed and Breakfast. Located in Southern Tasmania this property understands good quality hospitality, and the 1817 farmhouse setting is completely divine!

The whole weekend felt like a dream, to the point where, after arriving back home, I had to ask myself if it actually happened. My time at Stanton was completely care free - no jobs to do, no cooking to be done, no washing etc. No “busy”. In the evening David and I spent time in the drawing room by the open fire, toasting marshmallows, drinking wine, and reading books from the library. Decanters of port were on hand, as well as homemade biscuits and fudge. In the morning I took my time getting out of bed - relishing the feeling of having nothing to rush for. David made me a fantastic coffee in the communal tea and coffee room and I read magazines wrapped in the cosy doona.

Stanton sits on a 16 acre property and exudes warmth and peace. When we first arrived Lisa, the lady of the house, welcomed us with a huge smile and showed us to our incredible room which was light, warm, spacious, and tastefully decorated. This is not a country, cutesy, kitschy bed and breakfast. The two story, Georgian farmhouse has real presence, retaining most of its original features, and boasting, not one, but two(!) wrap around verandas. We arrived mid afternoon on a Saturday and made a beeline for the grounds, where we had a ball petting the sheep, and exploring the paddocks, whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

Of course there's no bed and breakfast without the breakfast part... At Stanton, as well as a good breakfast, you’re given the option of having dinner cooked for you. Lisa makes all the food herself and, I’m not going to lie, you will feel like you’re going to burst - I dare you to exhibit portion control! She uses top notch Tasmanian, ethical and sustainable produce. For dinner she made us a beautiful roast lamb with a potato and pumpkin gratin with walnut crisp on top, as well as a delicious winter vegetable salad. She also made her own sourdough using Callington Mill stoneground spelt, which was served warm with butter… Oh. My. God. To die for! Then there was apple crumble for dessert. The sourdough also made a welcome appearance at breakfast, where I had it with poached duck eggs - collected from Stanton’s very own ducks! Also on the breakfast table was homemade oats, granola, yogurt and Stanton’s own preserved fruits.

Stanton roast lamb

Stanton roast lamb

It’s remarkable how refreshed I felt after one night at Stanton. I felt so honoured to have experienced this beautiful Tasmanian gem. The property is owned and run by Lisa and Garth West. They are committed to providing the best possible experiences for their visitors, which includes showcasing the best produce Tasmania has to offer. Their love for the property, and home, shines in everything they do and makes the Stanton experience an unforgettable one.

K xx

For more information about Stanton visit their website

Stanton is located 45 minutes from Hobart, 40 minutes from Mount Field National Park and just 5 minutes from New Norfolk. It’s a great spot from which to explore Southern Tasmania. On our weekend getaway David and I enjoyed a lunch at the Patchwork Cafe, in the grounds of an old, heritage listed, mental asylum (the cafe is not as bleak as it sounds, see the images below), then did a spot of antique shopping around New Norfolk. The town is known for its antique and retro stores, so there's always treasure to be found.

Other activities in and around New Norfolk:

Drink:

  • Sample Tasmanian beers and maybe catch a live band at Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale & Cider
    Find out more on their website and Facebook page
  • Visit Stefano Lubiana Vineyard for some wine tasting and maybe stay for lunch at their Italian inspired Osteria.
    Find out more on their website and Facebook page

Eat:

Patchwork Cafe lunch

Patchwork Cafe lunch

Shop:

  • Find a beautiful treasure to take home at the Drill Hall Emporium, and their sister store Flywheel.
    You can find them on their website or Facebook page
Antique shopping at the Drill Hall

Antique shopping at the Drill Hall

Experience:

  • Sign up for an acclaimed Agrarian Kitchen cooking class.
    Details are on their website and Facebook page
  • Visit the historic Salmon Ponds at Plenty and their 19th Century Gardens (this place is so beautiful, definitely worth a look - even if you’re not into fish).
    They have lots of information on their website
  • If it’s the right season then I would suggest a trip to the berry farm at Westerway.
    They keep their Facebook updated and have a website
  • Not to be missed is Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park. You can spot beautiful deciduous Fagus here in the Autumn, snow in the Winter, and discover waterfalls all year round.
    For more information visit the website
Bircher MUESLI before eggs on toast 

Bircher MUESLI before eggs on toast 

Patchwork Cafe lunch break

Patchwork Cafe lunch break

Coffee at the Patchwork Cafe

Coffee at the Patchwork Cafe